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      Holy Spider

      Released Oct 28, 2022 1h 56m Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      83% Tomatometer 141 Reviews 78% Audience Score 100+ Ratings In HOLY SPIDER, we follow family man Saeed as he embarks on his own religious quest -- to "cleanse" the holy Iranian city of Mashhad of immoral and corrupt street prostitutes. After murdering several women, he grows ever more desperate about the lack of public interest in his divine mission. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Holy Spider foregoes subtlety in favor of a viscerally outraged dramatization inspired by appalling actual events.

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      Wendy Ide Observer (UK) It’s a tense, atmospheric piece of film-making but it made me profoundly uncomfortable – and not, I should add, in a good way. Rated: 2/5 Jan 22, 2023 Full Review Kevin Maher Times (UK) An intensely stylish and appropriately troubling film, with stomach-churning murders and a pacy first half that’s reminiscent of David Fincher’s Zodiac. Rated: 4/5 Jan 20, 2023 Full Review Danny Leigh Financial Times The film is an Iranian social history that looks, at first, like a serial killer movie... it is both. Rated: 4/5 Jan 19, 2023 Full Review Grant Watson Fiction Machine The most disturbing part of Ali Abassi’s Holy Spider is not the grisly subject matter, nor the blunt and unpleasant depictions of several murders, but the mere fact that it is all based on a true story. Rated: 7/10 Mar 20, 2024 Full Review Nicolás Medina Montevideo Portal / Latido Beat Holy Spider is more valuable for what it says than how it says it and will undoubtedly be one of those films that will divide audiences. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 5/10 Dec 19, 2023 Full Review Stephanie Bunbury Deadline Hollywood Daily Holy Spider never feels like a safe genre choice, however. Quite the opposite. It crackles and glistens with anger. Sep 19, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Omid Excellent cinematography, acting. I was impressed by how they depicted the city of Mashhad in Iran in the early 2000s, so accurately Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/10/22 Full Review RP This is a brilliant movie not just because it is highly entertaining. It is brilliant because of being a realistic depiction of what has actually been going on. It tells the truth! It IS the naked truth! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/14/22 Full Review Azin Outstanding acting and performance. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/07/22 Full Review Luis M. D Although it has all the ingredients of a standard police thriller, what emerged in the end was certainly shocking and escaped the limits of conventionality. The particular cultural setting in which the story unfolds makes the movie even more rewarding to watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/04/24 Full Review Alec B Unnecessarily lurid at points but its criticisms are appropriately angry. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/24 Full Review Cristina B Knockout film with a bold premise and perfect acting. I enjoyed it from start to finish. I will say that the final scenes felt a bit dull after the racy murder-mystery at the start, but the non-plotted and rather documentary way they were done was interesting and revealed a lot about the Iranian judicial system. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In HOLY SPIDER, we follow family man Saeed as he embarks on his own religious quest -- to "cleanse" the holy Iranian city of Mashhad of immoral and corrupt street prostitutes. After murdering several women, he grows ever more desperate about the lack of public interest in his divine mission.
      Director
      Ali Abbasi
      Producer
      Sol Bondy, Jacob Jarek
      Screenwriter
      Ali Abbasi, Afshin Kamran Bahrami
      Distributor
      Utopia
      Production Co
      Wild Bunch International, One Two Films, Why Not Productions, Profile Pictures
      Genre
      Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      Persian
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 28, 2022, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 21, 2023
      Runtime
      1h 56m
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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